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Rutland leads the way as the county with the highest level of fibre adoption under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, it has been reported.

ISPreview.co.uk, which has filed a number of Freedom of Information requests in order to gain access to take-up statistics, discovered that 32.7 per cent of the local population have embraced super-fast broadband.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has released BDUK adoption figures for all the English counties, with the exception of Cornwall, which does not have an upgrade scheme under the programme's banner.

Some of the other counties with relatively high levels of uptake include Hampshire (16.5 per cent), North Yorkshire (17.0 per cent), Suffolk (16.3 per cent), and Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire (14.6 per cent).

However, many of the other local rollouts are far less advanced, with the likes of Berkshire (2.6 per cent), Derbyshire (3.4 per cent), East Yorkshire (1.4 per cent), Greater Manchester (0.4 per cent), Isle of Wight (1.7 per cent) and Nottinghamshire (1.5 per cent) lagging behind at this stage.

Most of the rollout schemes are running for three years until 2016, by which time the government wants to over 90 per cent fibre broadband coverage across the UK.

It also wants every home and business across Britain to have access to minimum download speeds of 2Mb.

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